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Knysna fire: Several killed, 10,000 people evacuated

World | Associated Press | June 9, 2017, 11:02 am
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 Fires fanned by high winds have swept through a scenic coastal town in South Africa, killing several people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of up to 10,000 people, authorities and media reports said Thursday.<br />In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, a fire burns in the Kranshoek area in South Africa. (Image: AP)

Fires fanned by high winds have swept through a scenic coastal town in South Africa, killing several people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of up to 10,000 people, authorities and media reports said Thursday.
In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, a fire burns in the Kranshoek area in South Africa. (Image: AP)

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 Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Fires fanned by high winds swept through the scenic South African coastal town and Knysna in the Western Cape Province killing three people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of up to 10,000 people, authorities said. (Image: AP)

Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Fires fanned by high winds swept through the scenic South African coastal town and Knysna in the Western Cape Province killing three people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of up to 10,000 people, authorities said. (Image: AP)

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 Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, firemen fight a blaze in the Kranshoek area in South Africa. (Image: AP)

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, firemen fight a blaze in the Kranshoek area in South Africa. (Image: AP)

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 Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

Houses burn in the coastal town of Plettenburg Bay, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, onlookers watch a blaze in the Kranshoek area of South Africa. (Image: AP)

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, onlookers watch a blaze in the Kranshoek area of South Africa. (Image: AP)

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 In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, firemen fight a blaze in the Kranshoek area of South Africa. (Image: AP)

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, firemen fight a blaze in the Kranshoek area of South Africa. (Image: AP)

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 A vehicle and home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

A vehicle and home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 A dog drinks water from a puddle at a destroyed shipping container home in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

A dog drinks water from a puddle at a destroyed shipping container home in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 A resident and his dogs walks through homes destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

A resident and his dogs walks through homes destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 A home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

A home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 A home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

A home destroyed by fire in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

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 Fires smoulder in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)

Fires smoulder in Knysna, South Africa, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Image: AP)